1945 Montrose, St-Estèphe

SKU #1270281 94 points Wine Spectator

 This shows extremely fresh aromas of currants, berries and flowers. Medium-bodied, with dried strawberry and currant flavors. Shows wonderful hints of Indian spices. Most 1945s are more aggressively tannic, but this bottle is seductive and caressing. (JS, Web-2006)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I had this at the tasting four days before the D-Day commemoration on Normandy Beach, which added some emotion to the tasting. The beautiful 1945, like many wines from that vintage, can be a little ferocious and still harshly tannic. This wine has the classic cassis note, damp earth, spice box, and hints of truffle, blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and incense. It is rich, full-bodied, very vibrant – but then the elevated tannins kick in at the finish. This is one that could easily last another 20 years. (RP)  (8/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Served on its own, this wine should knock anyone’s socks off. The only problem was that it was served in the same flight as the quite stunning wines from the 1920s. Very deep, healthy-looking – looks much healthier and richer than the 1947, 1948 or 1949. Pure and fresh fruit (the same sort of quality and character as the 1959). Bursting with health and perfume. Subtle with a peacock’s tail of emerging layers of flavour. Very complete, it opened up in the glass. The tannins are still quite dry but it was great with food – long and lively – a great wine overshadowed by the 1928 and 1929. 18.5/20 points (JR)  (9/2005)

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Saint Estephe

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